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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Morritt's Grand Resort in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman, East End

Ocean Frontiers/Morritt's Grand Resort, Jan, 2009,

by Jan & Michael Lewis, VA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 5103.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Hawaii, Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Bonaire, Aruba, Bermuda
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 100 ft, 60 minutes, buddy or group dive, don't put computer into deco, no gloves (Cayman rule), don't harass marine life.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments We're not photographers, and often get irritated with photographers who drag equipment or themselves across coral to get their shots, or harass marine life.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments January 10-16, 2009
My husband, Michael, and I had another great week of diving with Ocean Frontiers on the East End of Grand Cayman. We return every year and it is, by far, the best shore dive operation we have ever experienced. The shop is 5 minutes down the road from our timeshare at Morritt's Tortuga Club & Grand Resort . We don't like the cattle-car, group dive philosophy at Tortuga, and we usually find much more experienced divers at OF. We have so much confidence in OF that we have taken our niece and nephew, as well as a good friend, to them for Open Water Certification. Ocean Frontiers is a superbly professional dive operation that goes above and beyond in customer service. They give excellent safety and dive briefings, including reminders to be kind to the environment. I'm particularly grateful for that because the once spectacular Cayman reefs have begun, in the last few years, to show signs of suffering from overfishing and coral bleaching. The crew and shore staff at OF are the hardest working folks we've ever seen at a dive shop. They take your equipment to and from the boats, and even set-up your equipment if you desire. If you're diving with them for the week, you leave your gear at the shop, and they wash it and have it ready for you on your next dive. Safety is number one. There is always a divemaster ready to lead your dive, but once you've proven you're a good diver they treat you as adults, and allow you dive freedom within their very reasonable dive times and profiles. This past January our captain, Shawn, was particularly wonderful. I was very sea sick one day, and he moved the boat inside the reef between dives so that I could recover enough for the second dive. Fantastic!
Our favorite sites are Split Rock and Fishtank. We saw huge lobsters, French Angel fish, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, schools of yellowtail Snapper and Barracuda, Yellow Rays, Green Sea Turtle and a 7 ft Nurse shark. Various sites had saucer coral, pillar coral, sea fingers and beautiful light purple sea fans. The less visited sites are in very good shape, but juvenile reef fish are much less plentiful than in previous years. I'm always cold and wore my 5 mm wetsuit, but most folks wore less neoprene. Seas were never more than 3-4 ft, and there was mild to moderate surge. As usual for January it was windy.
Our 2 bedroom condo at Morritt's Grand Resort was very nice with a beautiful ocean view. The resort is still rebuilding from being devastated by Hurricane IVAN a few years ago. The Grand was built to withstand a Hurricane of that magnitude, and did pretty well, but some of the older Tortuga Club was destroyed or badly damaged. The on-site restaurant, David's is pretty good, and Mimi's dock bar has good sandwiches, pizza, etc., and entertainment most nights. The swim-up bar at the Grand Pool is always fun, although the drinks get a bit expensive. We always stop at Foster's Food Mart near the airport, and hit a liquor store before making the drive out to the East End. We cook for ourselves at least half the time, and always make the 20 minute drive for a fabulous dinner at the Lighthouse, our favorite Grand Cayman restaurant. Portofino's is also quite good.
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